The Year of the Livestock Guarding Dog Coming to a Close

Marking twenty-five years of success for farmers and cheetahs! by Meredith Hanel, guest writer As eighty percent of cheetahs in Namibia share land with farmers, there are bound to be conflicts. When Laurie Marker arrived in the late eighties, she talked to farmers and learned they viewed killing cheetahs and other predators as necessary to protect

Dog dream job: Scat detection in cheetah conservation

by Meredith Hanel, guest writer “Ewww, leave it!” Dogs love sniffing stinky things and most dog owners don’t reward their dogs for finding poop from other animals. Dog handlers at Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) do just that. Sniffing for scat from cheetahs and other animals in their habitat is one of two job types for dogs

It Takes a Village: Cheetah Conservation and Land Management

by Jameson Bowman, guest writer Cheetahs live in low densities over vast areas. On average, male cheetahs require 800 square miles – an area larger than Toronto – and need abundant wildlife. Throughout Africa, protected land is limited and cheetahs roam onto private lands.  Due to their unique needs, cheetahs require an alternative method for conservation.

Cheetah Diplomacy – a requirement for conservation to succeed

by Meredith Hanel, guest writer (based on presentation delivered by Dr. Laurie Marker, April 17, 2019, Ottawa) “Saving the cheetah isn’t just about saying, aren’t you pretty and you should live, it’s making a world for the cheetah”, said Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), as she concluded her

Update from the Field – Livestock Guarding Dog

  As of June 2018, the Livestock Guarding Dog program has placed 5 puppies throughout Namibia that were born in 2017. So far 2 litters have been born this year with a total of 15 (9M, 6F) puppies. An outside breeding female, Nusi, gave birth to a litter of 10 (6M, 4F) pups and Taya

Dogs Helping to Save Cats

Helping farmers protect their livestock from predators helps reduce the killing of cheetah. Livestock guarding dogs are raised and trained by CCF staff and then provided to famers in many communities surrounding CCF.  Currently, CCF has 220 working dogs, which are supported through regular follow-ups with farmers. This program has been in operation for close to 20

Reducing Predation of Livestock in Canada

Dr. Laurie Marker in London Ontario, conservationist and world renowned cheetah expert.

Annual General Meeting, January 18, 2014 (via teleconference) Question 6: Farmers in Canada have issues with wolves and coyotes attacking their  livestock  — what insights and practices from CCF’s work would help them? Laurie:  Well, globally I think that humans can live with predators through good livestock practices.  I would go so far as to